Sweeney out in front

Kevin Sweeney has launched himself into the lead of the Canberra Jockey's Premiership following his four winners at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.

 The experienced senior hoop dominated the seven race meeting riding winners in four of the six races he was engaged in.

 The most surprising of his wins came in the final race of the meeting when he rode the $21 outsider Moorings Royal to victory by a half-head in a Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1400-metres.

Vale Ted Doon

Ted Doon, one of Australia's best known and most colorful jockeys from the post war years, has died in a Canberra hospital.

 The 84-year-old veteran, who retired from riding when he was in his late 60s, was admitted to hospital in a serious condition earlier in the week after suffering a stroke.

Born in China and raised in Tumut in southern NSW, Doon became one of Sydney's most successful apprentices in the 1940s and earned a reputation as a 'great money rider' for big betting stables.

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John Scorse Best Bets for YouthCARE Canberra Race Day.

Weather: Partly cloudy Min 6 Max 22

Race 1: 11 - 4 - 10

Race 2: 2 - 1 - 4

Race 3: 2 - 9 - 6

Race 4: 1 - 2 - 6

Race 5: 1 - 3 - 4

Race 6: 6 - 2 - 3

Race 7: 4 - 12 - 8

Race 8: 10 - 9 - 12

Winning Post Bar is open to the general public. Snack Food available or purchase a members day pass for $15 and enjoy a delicious roast carvery in the members Black Opal Room for $35.

Rosehill beckons Guymer

Talented apprentice jockey Shaun Guymer will head to Sydney this weekend with almost a full book of rides at Rosehill Gardens.

The young hoop, who has been indentured to Canberra trainer Mark Schmetzer will move to the Kevin Moses stable starting Monday as he looks to consolidate his career in Sydney, after recently losing his country claim.

“Once I lost my claim it was pretty hard and the rides started to dry up a little bit so I had to look at other options,” said Guymer.

Course Proper - the proper return!

Racing will return to the course proper at Canberra this Friday after a successful winter season on the Acton Synthetic track.

The eight race programme has brought strong acceptances of local and non local horses and is sure to be a very competitive days racing.

The first meeting on the course proper was scheduled for two weeks ago but an explosion and fire in the surrounding area caused the meeting to be called off.

The feature event on the programme will be the Grahame Bugden Golf Benchmark 75 Handicap which is to be run over 1200 metres.

Strong nominations for ACTTAB Tony Campbell Memorial Cup

Ten nominations have been taken for the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup to be run at Canberra this Friday; including the Nick Olive- Canberra trained duo Zaratone and NSW Champion Country Horse Of The Year Voice Commander.


Zaratone, who took out the race last year returned in good order when winning the Starlight Stakes just over two weeks ago at Rosehill and will be looking to continue his good form which includes three wins from four starts on the track.


Happy Times for Vella

Happy Time from the Gratz Vella stable will go into his race at Queanbeyan on Monday full of confidence after a last start second at Canberra.


The four-year-old has been struggling for form of late but managed to put it all together to run his first placing since August last year.


The son of Foreplay has shown potential throughout his career and Vella is confident Happy Time can build on his recent good form.


Osborne's shout at the Bar

To Dubawi Go will look to continue her winning form in the Tursa Employment & Training Grafton Guineas on Wednesday.


It took the three-year-old Dubawi filly 11 starts to break through for a maiden win which came at Canberra three starts ago, and was backed up with a win the very next start at Kembla Grange.


Strong Hand

By Simon Dinopoulos 

The Joseph and Jones stable look to hold a very strong hand heading into today’s meeting at Thoroughbred Park with a number of their gallopers poised to take centre stage.

Both Delabombell and gutsy stayer Ultimate Gaze looked well placed in their return to Canberra after recently competing at the Metropolitan level.

“Delabombell looks to be our leading chance on Sunday,’’ Jones said

Canberra Cup Transfer

The Canberra Racing Club has moved to create a “Super Sunday” Race Day by transferring the $200,000 Canberra Cup race onto the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes race program on Sunday 11 March next year. 

The Canberra Racing Club Committee decided on the move at a meeting on Tuesday, a move which followed consultation with racing industry representatives.